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What Is A Superfood?

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - When talking about nutrition you may hear the word 'superfood' to describe a certain item. 

While it sounds more important, what exactly is a superfood?

Mike Chartier tries to include multiple superfoods in his diet. 

"Fruits, what we have right here, strawberries, blueberries, stuff like that, some whole grains, salmon," Chartier said. 

Chartier says he wants to set a good example for his daughter. 

But what exactly are superfoods?

"You know I think that they look at the health benefits, they look at the vitamins and minerals in there. Research is always changing," Registered dietitian Tiffany Krogstad said. 

Krogstad says a good way to include superfoods in your diet is by having a colorful plate.

"Your berries are going to be a good source of antioxidants, your leafy greens are going to have lots of benefits as well," Krogstad said. 

One superfood that's recently taken the spotlight is garlic. 

"It has this molecule called allicin in it and allicin, when it breaks down into hydrogen sulfide, that's what gives it its taste and its aroma and it actually has some health benefits to it," Krogstad said. 

According to the National Institutes of Health, recent studies show garlic also affects your cardiovascular system, immune system, and carcinomas. 

That's not all.

"Reduce symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, reduce HDL, or increase HDL which is your good cholesterol, decrease LDL and triglicerides, cholesterol," Krogstad said. 

While garlic is considered a superfood, items like garlic salt or powder are not where you're going to get the benefits.

"You can put it into sauces, you can top it with meat, you can use it in dips, you can put it in soups and stews and things like that," Krogstad said. 

So instead of stocking up on your favorite garlic bread, opt for fresh garlic to get the full benefits. 

"Fresh is going to be best when using it with different types of foods, it's best if it's crushed or if it's sliced," Krogstad said. 

Allowing your body to absorb the all the benefits.

For a list of superfoods and their benefit, click here.


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